Irish Setter



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Breed Description


The Irish Setter is an ideal hunter’s companion. They also make excellent family pet as long as they get enough exercises. They are highly regarded by field sports people who will find it very reliable as a working dog. They are affectionate and loyal to their family.


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Size type:

Large dog breeds


Breed group:

Sporting dog breeds (AKC)

Gundogs (UKC)



These are lively, lovable, gentle, cheerful, and playful dogs that have a mind of their own, and bond with their family. Generally Irish Setters do not break much.



There are no standard dimensions. The shoulder-height about 65cm (25 ½) but there are many much large specimens.



27-32kg for dogs and 24-29kg for bitches



Irish Setter are usually loving so that even unwanted visitors are enthusiastically welcomed. They do however let you know of the arrival of visitors. With children they are friendly and patient and mix harmoniously with other dogs. Mixing with other animals in the house will not be a problem it the young dog has to know them early in its life.



The coat is relatively long and flat, with as few curs or waves as possible. The colour is rich chestnut 2without a trace of black. Markings such as white on the throat, chin, or feet, or a small star on the forehead and a white blaze are all undesirable. There is also a red white Irish Setter which has a predominantly white coat with red marking.  



The Irish Setter be trimmed occasionally removing excess hair. To show this breed will require considerable more grooming. For dogs kept solely as pets, the coat can be kept in condition between trims by clipping excess hair between the pads of and underneath the ears. This latter point is necessary to prevent infections if ear is not ventilated.



The training of these dogs is generally not difficult. They are intelligent enough to understand quickly what is expected of them but they do have mind of their own, which calls for a handler who is both consistent and loving in his approach. It can b e a good idea in some cases to attend a puppy course.


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